Assumption Parish Sinkhole Meeting, October 9, 2012 (Full video of briefing here):
Gary Hecox, Geologist with Shaw Environmental: In terms of the discrepancy between Texas Brine volumetric records where everything they put in, diesel wise, equals about everything they took out. Now we’ve got 1,300 barrels [54,600 gallons] in a frac (???) tank. If the source is coming in from crude, that resolves that discrepancy, but there is crude oil coming in to the cavern… it’s all but certain that it’s crude oil is what the liquid is.
From Louisiana Environmental Action Network, October 12, 2012:
[...] Both the crude oil and the high salinity of the water escaping the sinkhole could have devastating effects on the surrounding trees and swamp land. Workers continue to deal with fumes and unstable ground as they work to skim debris and oil from the surface of the sinkhole. The oil is collected and stored in the tanks shown below. The open top tanks contain crude oil from the cavern and allow for fumes to continue to escape and impact both workers and residents who remain in the adjacent community.
Though a comment on LEAN’s website notes: Many of us were concerned after seeing the picture of the two open tanks, and the description above it stating that they are holding crude oil. It has been confirmed by John Boudreaux at Gohsep that it is not crude oil, but brine in both of those open tanks.
Published: October 14th, 2012 at 4:28 pm ET